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US GPA Inflation

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Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2006, 01:13:18 PM »
Actually, I go to Mcmaster. I have never heard of any other school that uses the 12 point grading system except for Mac. I really hope LSAC will be generous when translating it into a gpa!

Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #21 on: December 08, 2006, 01:17:12 PM »
My bad.

http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/grading_system.htm

Not all of Waterloo uses the 12 point scale either.

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Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #22 on: December 08, 2006, 01:19:13 PM »
Does LSAC convert percentages according the reputation of the institution?








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Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2006, 01:24:45 PM »
One of my best friends is Canadian and explained to me the grading of her university (U-Toronto), and I was appalled.  It sounded intense.  That being said, there are plenty of Canadian applicants with top GPA's once their GPA's are converted by LSAC.  Either way, it should be worth it for all applicants, Canadian or otherwise, to submit an addendum if they feel their LSAC GPA undervalues the worth of their education.

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Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2006, 01:37:25 PM »
I read that LSAC converts according to letter grades? A= 4, B= 3, C= 2, and so on. Can any one validate this? So a person with a B-, B, or B+ average should be guranteed that their gpa would be 3 point-something?




Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #25 on: December 08, 2006, 01:39:55 PM »
I read that LSAC converts according to letter grades? A= 4, B= 3, C= 2, and so on. Can any one validate this? So a person with a B-, B, or B+ average should be guranteed that their gpa would be 3 point-something?

Yes. If your school gives out letter grades, then LSAC will use those instead of numbers on whatever scale.

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Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #26 on: December 08, 2006, 01:41:14 PM »
The American 4.0 GPA scale is as follows:

A: 4.0
A-: 3.67
B+: 3.33
B: 3.00
B-: 2.67
C+: 2.33
C: 3.0
F: 0.0

I didn't bother with the D's since at most colleges in the states a D is the equivalent of an F.

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Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #27 on: December 08, 2006, 01:44:14 PM »
The American 4.0 GPA scale is as follows:

A: 4.0
A-: 3.67
B+: 3.33
B: 3.00
B-: 2.67
C+: 2.33
C: 3.0
F: 0.0

I didn't bother with the D's since at most colleges in the states a D is the equivalent of an F.

They also convert A+ as 4.33 (hence the LSN profiles with 4.1 GPAs)

True, though they should eliminate that practice because there are schools that do not offer A+'s as an option (ie: mine!)

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Re: US GPA Inflation
« Reply #28 on: December 08, 2006, 02:06:49 PM »
Why is that a good reason to eliminate the practice?

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« Reply #29 on: December 08, 2006, 02:39:37 PM »
Why is that a good reason to eliminate the practice?


It gives an unfair advantage to those who are able to earn 4.0+ GPA's.  When adcomms are deciding between someone who has a 4.0 at a school where GPA's are capped at 4.0 and someone whose GPA is 4.2, it gives the impression that the 4.2 candidate is better qualified.  It's more than possible that someone who gets an A at a school that has A as its highest grade could have gotten an A+ if it had been offered.  Offering some people the opportunity to get an A+ and others just the opportunity to get an A gives an unfair advantage to the first person.